Position Title : Consultant – Community Stabilization Research Design
Duty Station : Niamey, Niger
Classification : Consultant, Grade OTHE
Type of Appointment : Consultant, Six months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : 02 February 2019
Closing Date : 25 April 2019
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Under the direct supervision of the Information Management Coordinator and overall supervision of the Program Manager, and in close coordination with the IOM Community Stabilization Unit and other relevant IOM units as necessary, the successful candidate is responsible for research design of the Village Assessment Survey (VAS): he or she will be responsible for designing and developing the Village Assessment Survey (VAS) methodology and questionnaire and leading in the analysis and writing of the final report based on the findings from the VAS.
The objective of the VAS is to provide an overview of basic, economic and social infrastructures and key needs according to the local population in the Agadez region. The VAS will be conducted in close coordination with the Information Management Unit, Community Stabilization Unit, IOM sub-offices, and local government authorities and partners.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Conduct a secondary data analysis review, taking stock of the data collected by IOM or other UN/NGO agencies in the Agadez region to ensure use of existing data to complement the VAS and mitigate duplication of data collection activities.
2. Analyze the regional development plan (PDR) of Agadez 2016-2020 and communal development plans in the region to study more in-depth the development opportunities and the obstacles and opportunities in the labor market as identified by the technical services in the Agadez region to integrate these in the questionnaires.
3. Participate in the stakeholder meetings in Niamey with government authorities and UN/NGO partners to define the scope and objectives of the VAS and integrate those in the questionnaires to be used and in the reports to be presented in close liaison with the IMU Coordinator and Community Stabilization unit.
4. Participate in the stakeholder meetings in each of the departments with regional and local government authorities, traditional authorities and representatives from society to define the objectives of the VAS and integrate those in the questionnaires to be used and in the final reports to be presented in close liaison with the IMU Coordinator and Community Stabilization unit.
5. Lead in the design of the methodology and development of the questionnaires and survey tools for the VAS and in close collaboration with the Information Management Unit, the Community Stabilization Unit and Migration Development and Data Innovation Unit to ensure it meets the project needs. Ensure methodology and questionnaire design is in line with the outcomes from the stakeholder meetings and discussions and is statistically sound and operationally feasible taking into consideration security constraints in certain areas. Questionnaires for the VAS to be based on the economic and social environment that can enable local government authorities and donors to prioritize communities with critical gaps in basic services, economic and social infrastructures.
6. Lead in the analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data in close collaboration with the respective units (IM, CS and MDDI) as well as interpretation of the data taking into account field observations on the ground during the data collection process and contextual analysis from secondary data resources. Support and liaise with the relevant colleagues in the data cleaning and data visualization processes.
7. Lead in the drafting of the final report and sharing report to key stakeholders for input and feedback in close liaison with the IMU Coordinator and Community Stabilization unit.
8. Participate in the presentation of findings to authorities and relevant partners he at the regional and departmental levels.
9. Support in the technical training on interpreting data and results from the interactive information platform and maps at the departmental and regional level.
10. Provide technical assistance in the form of workshops taking place in the six departments and on regional level writing Communal/Regional Development Plans making use of the data provided by the VAS and accessible for the authorities and technical services through the information platform.
11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Tangible and Measurable Outputs of the Work Assignment
• Methodology is designed and developed;
• Questionnaire is designed and developed;
• Design of data collection training modules and co-trainer
• Lead role in analysis and cleaning of data in coordination with IMU and CS;
• Final report written based on the findings from the VAS.
Realistic Delivery Dates and Details as to how the work must be delivered
The detailed work plan and delivery dates will be confirmed directly with the consultant:
• Methodology is designed and developed after 1 month;
• Questionnaire is designed and developed after 2 months;
• Design of data collection training modules and co-trainer after 2 months;
• Leading role in analysis of data is performed throughout the data collection and analysis period;
• Final report written based on the findings from the VAS after 5 months or after completion of data collection.
Performance indicators for evaluation of results
• Satisfactory completion of tasks indicated in this ToR.
• Initiative, planning and timeliness for managing the VAS research design.
• Rigorousness of methodology and questionnaire developed.
• Quality of data analysis.
• Satisfactory final report on VAS findings.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master’s degree in International Relations, Information Management, Political Science, Business or Public Administration, Humanitarian Affairs, Conflict Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution with three years of relevant professional experience;
• University degree in the above fields with five years of relevant professional experience.
• Experience in qualitative and quantitative research on local development;
• Experience in methodological and questionnaire design;
• Experience in both primary and secondary data analysis (quantitative and qualitative);
• Experience in field data collection;
• Background in statistics and quantitative and qualitative analysis;
• Experience in research and report writing in both French and English;
• Experience in capacity building in developing countries, training and support to local stakeholders;
• Experience working in hardship stations and remote field locations;
• Solid computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office package (Office, Excel, Power Point, Outlook), internet and Email.
• Previous experience in Niger or West Africa (especially remote field locations in the Agadez region) is a distinctive asset
Fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of local languages is an advantage.
The consultant must adhere to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Data Protection Principles (IN/138) and maintain confidentiality.
The consultant will be responsible to follow IOM writing guidelines and latest glossaries in all given assignments for accurate translation.
* This position has frequent travels to the field for prolonged period of time
• Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
• Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
• Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators
• Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results. • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
• Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
• Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
• Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
No late applications will be accepted.
How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 25 April 2019 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
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